Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has temporarily suspended all programmes featuring miracle and prosperity preachers following an outrage by viewers..
Viewers expressed their indignation that such programmes were taking precedence over other important programmes on the television.
Mr. Albert Chekayi, ZBC acting head of radio services, verified this development, stating that the broadcast station will “pause” all “prophetic” programmes in order to assess if they were not infringing on the rights of the audience.
“What happened is, we have temporarily suspended the programmes to allow us to have a re-look, considering the many complaints we have received from the public who are the owners of the radio station since we are a public broadcaster,” Chekayi said.
“This decision was taken by us… We are answerable to the listeners. Remember, a public broadcaster does not just target profit but the interest of those who pay licenses. Once the process is complete, it will inform us what steps to take,” he added.
Some Zimbabwean radio audiences have complained about the influx of “prophet adverts,” with listeners ranting their frustration.
The general sentiment is that the station is no longer people-oriented but have opted to pursue money from prophets.